'Extreme' plants grow faster in the face of stress

When faced with conditions that are too dry, salty, or cold, most plants try to conserve resources. They send out fewer leaves and roots and close up their pores to hold in water. If circumstances don't improve, they eventually ...

How climate change stresses plants and alters their growth

Plants that inhabit the Earth have the incredible ability to grow continually for hundreds of years, and always towards the light of the sun, which provides them with the necessary energy to sprout.

AI-designed protein awakens silenced genes, one by one

By combining CRISPR technology with a protein designed with artificial intelligence, it is possible to awaken individual dormant genes by disabling the chemical "off switches" that silence them. Researchers from the University ...

How to turn specific genes on and off

All the cells in an individual's body bear the same genetic code. It is the reading and writing of this code—the "turning on" and "turning off" of specific genes in specific cells—that gives the cells their identities. ...

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